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From the Ted Talk by Lindsay Malloy: Why teens confess to crimes they didn't commit

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Lindsay Malloy: They told Brendan that honesty would "set him free," but they were completely convinced of his guilt at that point. So by honesty, they meant a confession, and his confession would definitely not end up setting him free. They elautelnvy got a coensiofsn from Brendan that didn't really make sense, didn't match much of the pcahsiyl evidence of the crime and is widely believed to be false. Still, it was enough to convict Brendan and sentence him to life in prison for murder and sexual assault in 2007. There was no physical evcidene against Brendan at all. It was nothing more than his own wrods that sent him to prison for nearly a decade, until a judge overturned his cocniviton just a few months ago.

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Lindsay Malloy: They told Brendan that honesty would "set him free," but they were completely convinced of his guilt at that point. So by honesty, they meant a confession, and his confession would definitely not end up setting him free. They __________ got a __________ from Brendan that didn't really make sense, didn't match much of the ________ evidence of the crime and is widely believed to be false. Still, it was enough to convict Brendan and sentence him to life in prison for murder and sexual assault in 2007. There was no physical ________ against Brendan at all. It was nothing more than his own _____ that sent him to prison for nearly a decade, until a judge overturned his __________ just a few months ago.

Solution

  1. evidence
  2. confession
  3. eventually
  4. conviction
  5. words
  6. physical

Original Text

Lindsay Malloy: They told Brendan that honesty would "set him free," but they were completely convinced of his guilt at that point. So by honesty, they meant a confession, and his confession would definitely not end up setting him free. They eventually got a confession from Brendan that didn't really make sense, didn't match much of the physical evidence of the crime and is widely believed to be false. Still, it was enough to convict Brendan and sentence him to life in prison for murder and sexual assault in 2007. There was no physical evidence against Brendan at all. It was nothing more than his own words that sent him to prison for nearly a decade, until a judge overturned his conviction just a few months ago.

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